Miss Hamalis’ Bulletin – Monday 3 June 2024

Posted: 3rd June 2024

Miss Hamalis, Head Of Channing Junior School

Dear Parents 

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful half term break with your daughters. This morning, the girls seemed rested and ready to embark on the final half term of the year. How quickly this academic year has flown by! We have created so many fantastic memories together, and I look forward to making even more before we break up for the Summer. 

This week we are marking the Geographical Association’s National Festival of Fieldwork. Throughout the week, teachers will be using their Understanding the World (Reception), Topic (KS1) and Geography (KS2) lessons to explore our school grounds and local area. The girls will engage with a variety of themes, including:

  • Observing geographical features in our surroundings
  • Investigating the origins of local street names
  • Exploring habitats within the school grounds
  • Practising map work and orienteering

These activities will provide hands-on learning experiences to deepen the girls’ understanding of Geography. By taking lessons outside the classroom, they will not only enhance their subject knowledge but also develop practical skills that are challenging to acquire indoors. They will engage with the ‘messiness’ of geographical reality, offering them opportunities to investigate, observe, discover, challenge and test out ideas, leading to a richer and broader understanding of the world around them. The goal is to foster a sense of enquiry and curiosity about their local area, nurturing them into observant and critically thoughtful individuals. Through these immersive experiences, the girls will see, hear, feel and comprehend Geography in a more meaningful way.

To complement this week and celebrate our fabulous grounds, Miss Snowdowne (Geography Lead) collaborated with Jade Francis (Alumnae and Development Manager) to source wonderful archival photographs of the school grounds. Many of these photos date back to the early 1900s, capturing the era when the school first welcomed girls as boarders, as well as more recent images showcasing the development of Fairseat Hall, the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and the adventure playground. A selection of these photographs will be displayed in the Library from today until Wednesday, and parents are invited to take a visual journey through these historic moments. The photographs will be available for viewing after your daughter’s dismissal time starting at 3pm.

To whet your appetite, here’s a glimpse into our rich history, shared with the girls at this morning’s assembly. Founded in 1885 by Rev Robert Spears (1825-99) and sisters Miss Emily Sharpe (1828-1914) and Miss Matilda Sharpe (1830-1916), Channing School was initially established for the daughters of Unitarian ministers and others. Our school remains the only independent Unitarian school in Britain, offering an inspirational education for girls aged 4-18 years.

From its humble beginnings, with just 35 pupils occupying two houses on The Bank on Highgate Hill and West View, our School has grown to over 1,000 pupils across both the Junior and Senior School. Although the boarding option was discontinued in 1967, a strong sense of identity and community endures among current pupils and alumnae alike.

I hope to see many of you in the Library at dismissal time today, tomorrow, or on Wednesday to view the historical photographs on display. Please note that due to this display, Late Collection will not be available from Monday 3 June to Wednesday 5 June. Any girls not collected at their usual dismissal time will be taken to Mini Owls until 3:35pm.

Additionally, I look forward to seeing many of you and your families on Sunday at the Channing Association’s Summer Fair, ‘ChanFest’. See further details in the Channing Association’s section below.

With warm wishes 

Miss Dina Hamalis
Head of the Junior School

Calendar & Events

School Calendar

You can view all events for the year in the school calendar via our Parent Portal: SchoolBase login. Your calendar view should already be filtered to display the Junior School events and events which are specific to your daughter’s year group. 

The ‘School Calendar Parent View’ button shows the complete calendar, which can be viewed by each month, week or day. Events also appear on the right-hand side of the home page under ‘Forthcoming Events’ and the monthly view of the calendar also appears at the bottom of the home page. 


Informal Group Music Lessons: Sign Up

In the coming weeks, our wonderful team of Visiting Music Staff (VMS) will be showcasing their talents in the Music Room, with a view to inspiring your daughter to take up lessons, beginning in September.

If you are interested in your daughter having an informal group lesson, please register your interest here. This opportunity to get to know the instrument better will give your daughter the chance to make an informed decision about starting formal lessons.

Cancelled Clubs ~ this week

Please note the club cancellations for this week:

Monday 3 June:

  • Reception Ballet 

Tuesday 4 June:

  • Reception Ballet 

Thursday 6 June: 

  • KS1 Tennis
  • KS1 Football
  • Year 4 Netball
  • Years 3&4 Tennis
  • Years 5&6 Basketball 

Please contact if you wish to sign your daughter(s) up for Mini Owls (EY and KS1) and/or Late Owls.  

Any additional clubs that may be cancelled due to staff absence will be emailed directly to relevant parents and guardians.

Spears Food Bank Donations: Monday 3 June - Friday 14 June

From Monday 3 June – Friday 14 June, SPEARS House will be collecting for the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation (AWTH). The AWTF is a charity closely connected to the school that runs a weekly food bank, which has recently been relocated to Archway. Those in the local community, who are desperately struggling, can get a hot meal, clothes and also stock up on basic essentials for the week ahead. Anything that our community can spare is very welcomed and the AWTF greatly appreciates our continued support.

Items that continue to be desperately needed are:

  • Washing powder
  • Sanitary items
  • Oil
  • Tuna
  • Sugar 
  • Salt 
  • Long life milk 
  • Microwave rice 
  • Coffee 
  • Warm coats (all ages and sizes) 
  • Shoes (all ages and sizes) 

Please place any donations in one of the blue bins labelled Food Bank collection in the courtyard at the front of school.

Fair in the Square, Pond Square N6: Saturday 8 June

Author Visit ~ 50 Ways into Football: Thursday 13 June

We are delighted to welcome author Daniel Geey, who will be visiting us on Thursday 13 June to talk about his new book, 50 Ways into Football

Football isn’t just about becoming a pro. In fact, there are hundreds of people who help make magic on the pitch, whether it’s the architect who designed the stadium, the coder who created your favourite game or the physio who got the star player fighting fit again. This fantastic guide to the beautiful game will help you get excited about your future, so you can eventually score your dream job on or off the pitch! 

Parents can pre-order a copy of the book from Pickled Pepper Books using the link here, which will be delivered to the school in time for the author event. Deadline for orders: Wednesday 5 June.

Around the World Fortnight

This half term, we be fully embracing our Unitarian ethos of kindness, tolerance, respect and inclusivity as we embark on Around the World Fortnight (17 – 24 June), an initiative that we introduced several years ago, culminating in the showpieces being displayed in classrooms around the Junior School on Founders’ Day. Throughout these two weeks, the girls will participate in a cornucopia of activities to support their Around the World adventures. Each year group will venture on their journey to learn about one of the chosen countries that have previously hosted the Olympics Games/ Youth Olympic Games (or are scheduled to do so) to link with celebrations for the Olympic Games, taking place in Paris, this year. The girls will learn about the culture, geography, language, currency, landmarks, traditional dances, art, music, etc of a range of Olympic Games/ Youth Olympic Games host countries. The focus for each year group is:

  • Reception ~ Greece    
  • Year 1 ~ Italy
  • Year 2 ~ China
  • Year 3 ~ Senegal (hosting Youth Olympic Games in 2026)
  • Year 4 ~ Brazil
  • Year 5 ~ Argentina (hosted the Youth Olympic Games in 2018)
  • Year 6 ~ USA

Founders’ Day: Saturday 29 June & Early Finish on Friday 28 June

We are currently finalising our arrangements for Founders’ Day (Saturday 29 June). This marks the 139th anniversary of the founding of the school and we are looking forward to welcoming you all. Please note that all pupils (wearing their Summer school uniform) are expected to attend Founders’ Day. All girls and families in the Junior School are invited to come into school anytime between 9am and 11am. 

As the girls are coming in on a Saturday, there will be an early finish on Friday 28 June to enable staff to prepare the school rooms and grounds. The collection times are: 

  • 11.45am: Reception (main gate) 
  • 11.55am: Year 1 (main gate)
  • 11.55am: Year 2 (side gate) 
  • 12.05pm: Year 3 (side gate)
  • 12.05pm: Year 4 (main gate) 
  • 12.15pm: Year 5 (side gate)
  • 12.15pm: Year 6 (main gate)

Monday 1 July is a holiday in lieu of attendance on the Saturday; we return to school on Tuesday 2 July for the remaining four days of term, which ends on Friday 5 July.

TooledUp Courses for Parents

We have collaborated with TooledUp Education: an invaluable digital library of evidence-based resources on all aspects of parenting, education and family life. Founder, Dr Kathy Weston, has collated the best and most up-to-date research from around the world and distilled it into usable, easy to understand resources which can be instantly applied to daily life. Channing Pin: cha0706

For upcoming TooledUp courses and events please click here

  • Monday 17 June 7:00pm ~ Getting Children Nursery School Ready: Tips for Parents and Carers
  • Tuesday 18 June 7:00pm ~ Getting Children Nursery School Ready: Tips for Parents and Carers
  • Thursday 20 June 7:00pm ~ Getting Children Nursery School Ready: Tips for Parents and Carers
  • Friday 21 June 12:30pm ~ How to use Tooled Up Education: 30 Minute Tour for New Parents and Carers.

Sun Safety


As the weather is getting warmer, please ensure that your daughter has a Channing-branded sun hat from Uniform4Kids, or a sensible alternative at school (must be named), and has sun cream applied before coming to school in the mornings. It is advisable to use sun creams with at least a SPF factor 30 for UVB protection and at least a 4* rating for UVA protection. If you think your daughter may need to reapply their sun cream throughout the day, please send it in with her as we do not store sun cream at school (due to potential skin sensitivities/ allergies). Please note that girls are unable to share sun creams due to allergies. On particularly warm days, we also ensure that there are some shaded areas outside where pupils can play.



Lost Property


Thank you to all the parents, carers and girls who claimed their lost property before half term. All unclaimed items were donated to charity (non-uniform) or the CA’s pre-loved uniform sale (uniform).

To help us manage lost items, please ensure that all your daughter’s uniform and others items are clearly named. If your daughter accidentally brings home another girl’s item, please return it to the Lost Property box in the entrance area.




Food, Glorious Food

Lunch Menus

The girls (and staff) are very lucky to have a delicious and nutritious lunch every day. Have a look at the menu options for this half term on our website.



Birthday Cakes & Treats

You are very welcome to send in nut-free cakes or treats for your daughter to celebrate her birthday with her form or year group. Please ensure that they are separate cakes or treats rather than a large cake that needs to be sliced. Additionally, please be mindful of the size of cakes: they should be no bigger than a child’s hand. Due to health and safety, please do not send in cake pops. Furthermore, please do not send in treats for any other occasions without prior permission from your daughter’s Form Teacher.

Channing Association News

Summer Fair "ChanFest 2024" - FINAL CHANCE to Buy Tickets!

Tickets are on sale for the Summer Fair, ChanFest for this Sunday, 9 June – buy your family’s ticket now! Click on the links below: 

The CA is hosting a festival-themed summer fair for the girls and their families, with food trucks, hair braiding, games and prizes, inflatables, a surf simulator and bumper cars, a 360 photo booth, glitter tattoos and nail painting, ribbon wand and flower crown making stalls, a tombola, festival glam and much more…

There will be live performances and interactive fun. Sharkey & George will be running a dance workshop (Rec – Y2 recommended) and there will be a theatre production of ‘Rubbish Romeo & Juliet’ (Y3 – 6 recommended). If your daughter (and her siblings) would like to sign up for either please email to be put on the list. Both are capacity restricted, so places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please donate (nut-free) baked goodies on the day to the Cake Stall.

Children must be accompanied/ supervised by their adults all at times, especially if they are in the Adventure Playground area.

Where: In the school grounds ~ MUGA / Fairseat Hall (not in Stanhope Road playing fields) 

When: Sunday 9 June, 1.00pm-5.00pm

Tickets: Buy tickets

ChanFest Charity Raffle - Buy Tickets Now!

The ChanFest charity fundraising raffle for Great Ormond Street Hospital is now live. The draw will be 4.00pm on Sunday 9 June.

Buy tickets: 

Prizes include: a tea party with Miss Hamalis for a girl and friend of her choice, a 4-night holiday for 6 at Secret Meadows Luxury Glamp site in Suffolk, Greg Davies Wembley comedy tickets, champagne, Johnnie Walker Blue, a hamper from The Newt in Somerset, beauty goodie bags, Arsenal tickets, Everyman tickets, and so much more!

Preloved Uniform Sale for Incoming Reception Girls ~ Small Donations Needed

The CA is running a preloved uniform stall at the Welcome Morning for New Families on Tuesday 18 June for incoming Reception girls. Please donate any unwanted, clean and unlabeled uniform (especially PE kit) in sizes 20, 22 and 24. Other sizes are also welcome

Form Reps for School Year 2024/25 ~ Register Your Interest Now

The CA is recruiting and confirming Form Reps for the next school year (2024/25).  If you would like to continue or step into the role for your class, or have any questions, please email 

The role of the Rep is to help run CA-organised events and activities for our girls and their families, to organise class socials, and to manage subs / arrange seasonal gifts for Form Teachers. You are supported by the Co-Chairs throughout the year. 

Channing Association Choir ~ Info and Rehearsals

The Channing Association Parent and Teacher Choir meets fortnightly in term time on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at St Michael’s Church in Highgate. The choir is open to all genres of music, and there is a small cost per person per session to cover venue hire and sheet music.

Upcoming rehearsal dates are: 6 and 20 June, and 4 July. 

For any questions and to sign up please email 

Diary Dates for the Summer term

  • Thursday 6 June – next Choir rehearsal
  • Sunday 9 June – Summer Fair “ChanFest 2024” 
  • Tuesday 18 June – PreLoved Uniform Sale for incoming Reception girls at New Families Welcome Morning
  • Wednesday 9 October – CA Quiz Night
  • Friday 29 November – Winter Fair